It’s University Press Week!

UPW-Logo-2015Today kicks off the fourth annual University Press Week. In the spirit of partnership that pervades the university press community, Duke University Press and over 40 other presses will unite for the AAUP’s annual blog tour during University Press Week. This tour will highlight the value of university presses and the contributions they make to scholarship and our society. This year’s theme is Surprising! and blog posts will highlight some of the surprising things university presses publish.

In addition to the blog tour, this year we are celebrating University Press Week with a variety of events here in Durham. We hope local fans of university presses will make time to head to The Regulator Bookshop for our first ever Pop-Up University Press Bookstore. Books from eight university presses will be available on their lower level.

AuntiesThere are also three author events happening this week. On Wednesday, November 11, head to The Regulator to catch University of California Press author Alejandro Velasco discuss his book Barrio Rising: Urban Politics and the Making of Venezuela. On Thursday, November 12, catch the launch of Nadia Sablin’s Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila, the seventh winner of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. Sablin will give an artist talk which will be followed by a reception in Duke University’s Rubenstein Photography Gallery. And on Friday, November 13 at 6 pm, we hope you’ll return to The Regulator to celebrate University Press week with a reception featuring wine and cheese, followed by a reading by Ambassador James Joseph, author of Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values.

If you can’t make it to our Durham events, we hope you’ll participate in University Press Week virtually. We invite you to enter to win five paperback books of your choice by sharing your love for university presses in social media. Tweet about how much you love reading Duke University Press books with the hashtag #ReadUP or how much you love publishing with us with the hashtag #PublishUP. Share our events with the hashtag #UPWeek. Or post a picture of yourself with your favorite university press books using the hashtag #UPShelfie. Just tag us @DUKEPress or email a screenshot or link to your Facebook post, Instagram, Tumblr or blog post, or any other social media to We’ll announce the winner on Friday and share some of the best posts here on the blog.

Now that you know all the great things happening here at Duke University Press this week, we invite you to start the blog tour. Begin at University Press of Florida where they’ll highlight some recipes from Florida’s surprising food scene. At University Press of Mississippi, read about a partnership they have formed with the Clarion Ledger. Then head north to University of New England Press, where they’ll discuss the surprising success of a recent book on marriage equality. At University of Wisconsin Press, learn more about their mystery fiction series. Next, visit University of Kentucky Press to learn some surprising facts about AAUP member presses. University of Nebraska Press will introduce some of their staff. And University of California Press will discuss their new collaborative open access platforms, Luminos and Collabra.

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